Marquard Center Kitchen

The Marquard Center Dining Room, located at 1645 W. LeMoyne in the Wicker Park/Bucktown community, serves nutritious meals to 100 individuals every night of the year. Although we are called a soup kitchen, our meals often consist of a main course, side dishes, milk, coffee, bread, dessert and beverages.

While eating, guests are encouraged to talk and get to know each other. We strive to recognize our guests by name and encourage them to speak with our available case managers. It is our hope that by putting our guests in contact with the people who can aid them in finding services, they might find the resources they need to start building a better life.

The meal is served at 5:00 PM every night. On Wednesdays, additional services such as mental health outreach, drop-in case management, medical attention, and substance abuse counseling are available beforehand during the day. We also offer shower facilities, the only free drop-off laundry service in the city, a mailing address, and use of telephones.

All of these extra services contribute to guests maintaining a sense of personal dignity, as well as making connections to a better future.

In 2016, at the Marquard Center, we provided:

  • 37,258 meals
  • 2,179 showers
  • 1,345 bags of laundry washed, dried, and folded

Volunteer Opportunities

Several members of our Franciscan Outreach Volunteer Program prepare and serve dinner in the Marquard Center Dining Room. Many of our more than 2,000 community volunteers also help serve dinner. Please click on the following links if you are interested in either committing part of your time or maybe an entire year in service to the homeless.


Supporting the Marquard Center

We accept donations of non-perishable food (especially canned fruits and vegetables). We also need donations of toiletries for use in our shower facilities. For an entire list of items that are most needed, please check out our Wish List.

Monetary donations are always welcome and can be used wherever our needs are the greatest. Donations can be made online or through phone or mail.